The cost to repair damages to two Miller County bridges will be about $125,000 per bridge, said Miller County Judge Cathy Hardin-Harrison.
County road crews were searching for tree damage after severe thunderstorms and found damages to the bridges.
Harrison believes the costs of repairs will qualify for a 50-50 Arkansas Highway Department hazard mitigation grant. Half of the grant will be paid by the Highway Department and half will be paid by the county.
"We want to upgrade the park like a state park with RV parking and activities. It will take a few years but it would be worth it," Standridge said.
The Miller County Parks and Recreation Committee approved a resolution to start planning to make improvements to add services to the park.
Smith Park has 320 acres about 15 miles south of Texarkana, Ark. The park is adjacent to more than 17,000 acres of wildlife management area.
The resolution will help the committee to move forward instead to slow down, Standridge said.
The committee will also obtain an estimate from the sale of timber. After the estimate, the park committee will meet again to review the revenues.
A second damaged Miller County bridge was discovered after road crews found another flood-damaged bridge, said Harrison.
A section of Miller County Road 22 near Fouke, Ark., has been closed due to flooding and is in danger of washing out, Harrison said.
The closed section of County Road 22 is between Miller County Road 10 and Miller County Road 249, about five miles east of Fouke.